HSS is planning a Virtual Forum from October 8-11. This event will not replace our in-person meeting we had planned for this fall with SHOT in New Orleans. This in-person joint meeting with SHOT is now postponed. It is planned to take place in New Orleans in late November 2021. Everyone who has been accepted to the 2020 meeting (as published in our 2020 HSS program in May) may find further instructions about their options to present next year.
For this year’s HSS 2020 Virtual Forum, the HSS Executive Committee has worked closely with the HSS Council and the program meeting co-chairs. To re-envision the meeting and deal with all aspects this involves in a swift and transparent manner, we have formed a Virtual Forum Committee (VFC), drawing on expertise from many of our committees. In order to make this meeting a success, we will also be depending on volunteers for technical assistance before and during the meeting. If you are willing to help, please contact us.
Together with the VFC, our 2020 program co-chairs Soraya de Chadarevian and Christine von Oertzen are preparing for an exciting HSS virtual event that keeps with the agenda of a joint endeavor with SHOT. At the same time, our Virtual Forum will speak to the current moment, discuss themes of broad interest, and address urgent matters that affect our members and the society at large.
The preliminary program is now published. Registration and additional information will be available soon. Our 2020 Virtual Forum follows a new format. It will run for approximately five hours each day. Sessions will be shorter with more breaks in-between. We will have only a few concurrent sessions. The meeting will be mainly live-streamed, with some features available for accessibility. For those who cannot participate in real-time, playback recordings will be available for attendees for a limited time. As usual, dependent care grants will be available for which you can apply when you register for the meeting. Registration details will be posted with the program next week.
The HSS 2020 Virtual Forum will draw on select sessions from our exciting 2020 program published in May. Among the few sessions that we were able to include, the Virtual Forum will feature sessions that speak to the general themes of the meeting and seem most suitable for the virtual format. Additionally, the program will include sessions organized by Special Interest Groups and by various HSS constituencies. The latter consist of a series of newly curated events in response to the global pandemic, social and racial injustice, and the economic outcomes that affect members’ jobs and education.
We are confident that this will be an experience that will be of value and interest to many HSS members. And we are taking this opportunity as a learning experience as we plan for what will likely be a ‘new normal’ of holding hybrid meetings.